Pinterest-ing Home Office Updates {Organization}

Pinterest= a healthy way to hoard ideas, challenges, solutions, aspirations and some things you eventually do. I pin more than I do but I finally did. (say that 5 times fast)

Pinterest-ing Home Office Update Inspiration

Source: I Heart Organizing via Brandy @ Home Sweet Here on Pinterest

What I did, was update some organization in our home office. It is a constantly evolving space and every little step I can make in the organizational direction is a huge win. HUGE. (If you want proof- take a look here and here, but be warned it’s not pretty)  Not so long ago I made a trip to the happiest place on earth Container Store and got a few things to control the chaos and it was a system that really worked. home office organizationThe only thing I was waiting for was to make my labels a bit more permanent. I pinned it, so I did it. Thanks to the amazing organizational mothership, I Heart Organizing, I discovered the art of making labels out of Wasabi Tape and that is exactly what I did.pinterest home  office organization update

I just covered the tabs in the tape (mine is from Target) and I used my label maker to print on clear labels. Pinned, did.

Moving on to storing all that paper tape I’ve been so obsessed with collecting, I also pinned a solution from I Heart Organizing and corralled it all in a very pretty glass container. Oops, I pinned it again, but I already had the perfect container so it cost me nothing and got this pretty thing out of the garage. Home Office Organization System

Why stop there? While I’m happy with my bucket of Sharpies and pens, I didn’t love it quite at as much as the little caddy I pinned AND seeing it made me remember that I had something very similar. It was my grandmother’s and I just loved it, but didn’t have a use for it (so you can guess where it was sitting #ineedtocleanoutthegarage) Office Organization Sharpie storage

I use one container for fine, one for extra fine and the last for Sharpie pens and some pencils. I have a Sharpie problem, but it really helps to have them all separate.

That’s it for organization, but later this week I’m going to show you a few other pretty little updates that I’ve made in the office. I know you’re on the edge of your seat :) Pinteresting Updates Office Organization

And there you have it- Pinteresting Office Updates! I really have no idea what we did before Pinterest. How could a girl organize her house, cook dinner or get through football, basketball and golf season on TV without Pinterest? I have no idea an I don’t want to find out :)

Want to see lots of other pinspiring projects? Please check out any/all of these blogs for the Dog Days of Winter Link Party- just be warned, you will pin! Love of Family & Home,  The Francis Family BlogHouse of RoseBlissfully Ever After,  Crafty, Scrappy, HappyDesign, Dining & DiapersOur Fifth HouseI Love You More Than Carrots and Liz Marie Blog.

Want more Office Organization ideas? Head over to I Heart Organizing! for another great link party. Oh the inspiration we will find :)

Pssst- Want to see some other pins I’ve tackled? Homemade Napkins, Gold TableMore Table Linens.


Summer Pinterest Challenge: Wipe Your Mouth

It’s that time again…

This time it’s being hosted by four of my absolute favorite blogs: Young House Love, Bower Power, Centsational Girl and Ten June. Hello, all star cast!

I heart Pinterest. Maybe too much. Maybe I’ve even lost interest in Facebook because Pinterest is soooo much more fun. I love pinning, repining and sometimes re-repinning. It happens.

I have a bajillion more pins than I will ever make, but I do occasionally follow through with some and those tend to be the ones that I pin from my favorite blogs or sites so that’s what I’m going to do for today’s challenge.

I LOVE Mini-Manor Blog! Ashli is just the kind of housewife Martha wishes she was and she totally inspired me to try to make my own napkins. She made it look super easy and beautiful (as she does everything in her house. Can I move in? Pretty please?) Her instructions were so easy to follow for even an imperfect sewer, er, seamstress such as myself.

I made a trip to Joann, got quilting fabric, washed it, ironed it and cut a yard into quarters. Because Ashli said so. I actually ironed it in quarters to make a crisp line that was very easy to cut.

I learned the instructions were perfect, my execution was not. “Perfect” is not my middle name. It may be closer to “Eh, that’s not too bad. I like it” but that’s kind of a long middle name. Let’s get back to napkins.

I sewed and sewed. I even made a fun little stripe on one set.

Did you notice that I even used the same fabric as my Pinspiration? That was a total accident. After staring at all the choices at Joann for longer than socially acceptable, this is the one that jumped out at me. It’s just a great print.

And now I have my very own set of pretty napkins.

I loved them so much I made another set. This could get addictive. It was a lenghty process, but just as easy as the original post suggested. The biggest time consumer is ironing but that’s what makes the sewing go so fast so it’s completely worth it. I even timed the full floral set and they took me right at 42 minutes start to finish. Not the speediest of projects, but faster than you could search 52 stores for napkins this cute and still come up empty handed. #iwin

They are no where near as perfect as the original pin, but I got better with every one and I love that I can have my own napkins way cheaper and prettier than anything I could get in a store. Thanks, Ashli for the pinspiration and instruction!

Pinterest Challenge: Good as Gold

It may be 80 degrees outside but it’s still technically winter for a few more days and that means it’s time for the…

Oh dear. I am so excited! 4 lovely hostesses (Katie, Sherry, Erin and Cassie) are throwing the biggest and best party ever and I’m inviting myself! This is too fun to miss!

The challenge was pretty simple- to make one of the bajillion things you keep pinning. That sounds easy enough, but picking the perfect pin- not so easy. But I did it and here is what I picked

I had been lusting over little brass occasional tables I’ve been seeing out and about (for way too much money) and then I saw this one. Courtney from A Thoughtful Place (whom I love and want to move into her house!) transformed a simple little (cheap!!!) metal table into the classiest little place to rest a drink I’ve ever seen and totally inspired me to pick up a can of spray paint and spread some gold.

The only problem was finding the perfect little table to gild. I searched the flea market, Southeastern Salvage and just about everywhere I went and couldn’t find a little table to spray. Until this challenge came about and I hmmmm…

Well hello there little hand-me-down plant stand in the corner of the dining room. Allow me to introduce you to my new friend. 

I think you two will get along just fine. Let’s head to the garage and get to know each other better. And that is just what we did. A few thin coats in and I was kind of falling in love. Yummy! Let’s take a look at the whole thing Much improved, huh? Not quite as perfect as the inspiration, but at a whopping $5 for the can of spray paint I’m a happy girl. How about another look? Ok, here you go!

I’m really liking the touch of gold in the room. It stands out yet blends in at the same time. What should I spray next? Watch out furniture- I’m armed with a can of gold spray paint and a “pin this” button and I know how to use them! Thanks for this inspiration and the challenge!